The Gates foundation supported nine of the 12 winning Race to the Top proposals over two rounds of the competition.


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What percentage of Virginia students have to be on grade level in each school to make "adequate yearly progress" under the No Child Left Behind Act? After this year, the state doesn't actually know and neither, apparently, does the U.S. Department of Education.


So long, fellow state policy wonks. After four and a half great years at Education Week, today is my last day, and this will be my final post for this space. I'm moving on to ply my skills at the Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, Md. The state turf and this blog will soon belong to a soon-to-be-named successor. In the meantime, you can get your fix of state-related policy news over at Politics K-12, Curriculum Matters, and Teacher Beat. Thanks to those of you who read, commented on, and constructively criticized what I wrote here, and an extra ...


Sorry for the delay in bringing you more detail on that new, national database on schools identified as eligible for a piece of the $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement Grants. Here is an analysis that Annenberg researchers and a new coalition called the Communities for Excellent Public Schools put together based on the more than 2,100 schools that states have slated for possible turnaround. The analysis also includes the entire lineup of the Tier I and Tier II low-performing schools that states have identified. A few key findings, most of which won't surprise anyone: Nationally, 81 ...


Michele McNeil has the news over at Politics K-12. We managed to be pretty darn accurate on our picks, getting 17 of them right. Surprises? Arizona and Hawaii, though Patrick Riccards, aka eduflack, predicted Arizona might make the cut because it got help from the Gates Foundation to prepare its Round Two application....


More than 2,100 schools across the 50 states and the District of Columbia are identified as eligible for a piece of the $3.5 billion in school improvement money.


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will announce the state finalists for the $3.4 billion federal competition tomorrow.


But schools remain largely off the radar screen in battle to become the state's next chief executive.


New Jersey governor seeks to cap hefty school administrator salaries and raises questions about what the real value of superintendents ought to be.


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